An Indiana Army veteran has received the Purple Heart 14 years after his vehicle was hit by an IED in Iraq.
Congressman Jim Banks, R-In., presented Cory Schreiber with the medal on Aug. 10.
"They said the Bradley picked up six feet in the air,” he told WSBT. “First thing I thought of was 'I lost my legs.' because I couldn’t feel them. It was pitch black. I reached down and felt my legs and said, 'OK they're there, so maybe I’m paralyzed.'"
The explosion left him with nerve damage to his back and neck.
“I can’t drive 30 minutes without my neck tightening up,” Schreiber said. “Horrible headaches.”
As the years went on, Schreiber said he thought the Purple Heart was too distant to become real.
But it became real on Monday when Schreiber met up with Banks for what he thought was just going to be a simple conversation with the congressman.
“To be a part of something like this is very humbling, for me as a veteran myself to make sure that our nation’s heroes get the proper recognition that they deserve,” said Banks.
Schreiber said he hopes those who were injured in the explosion with him receive recognition as well.
Along with the Purple Heart, Schreiber and each of his six children will receive free college tuition anywhere in the state of Indiana, WNDU reported.